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Architectural Ethnography

  • TUE - SUN
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Commissioner: The Japan Foundation

Curators: Momoyo Kaijima with Laurent Stalder and Yu Iseki

Exhibitors: Oswald Adande; Akihito Aoi, NPO Fukushima Housing and Community Design Network, Team Fukushima Atlas; ArchiAid Oshika Peninsula Supporting Seminar; ASSEMBLE with Marie Jacotey; Piotr Bujas, Łukasz Stanek, Alicja Gzowska, Aleksandra Kędziorek; BUREAU A, Burø; Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein / ETH Zurich; Marie Combette, Thomas Batzenschlager, Clémence Pybaro; Constructlab; Crimson Architectural Historians with
Hugo Corbett; Drawing Architecture Studio; Niklas Fanelsa, Marius Helten, Björn Martenson, Leonard Wertgen; Adam Frampton, Jonathan D. Solomon, Clara Wong; Fernando García-Huidobro, Diego Torres, Nicolás Tugas; Gede Kresna; Florian Goldmann; GSA Unit 14 / University of Johannesburg; Hajime Ishikawa Laboratory / Keio University SFC; Ismael Sheikh Hassan / KU Leuven; Dirk E. Hebel, Melakeselam Moges,
Zara Gray, with Something Fantastic; Interboro Partners; Andrew L. Jenner with John Braben; Éva Le Roi; MAP Office; Titus Matiyane; Yukio Miyashita; Joseph Myerscough with Sarah Mills / Leeds Beckett University; Rekiseikai (Team Asphalt), NAKATANI Seminar; Jan Rothuizen, Martijn van Tol, Dirk-Jan Visser, Aart Jan van der Linden; Rural Urban Framework and Sony Devabhaktuni / The University of Hong Kong; Junko Sanada; Dubravka Sekulić; Studio Tom Emerson / ETH Zurich; Do Ho Suh; Yukiko Suto; Juan Carlos Tello; tomito architecture; David Trottin, Jean-Christophe Masson, Franck Tallon; Urban Risk Lab / MIT, Hiraoka Lab / Miyagi University, MISTI Japan / MIT, Reischauer Institute / Harvard University; Lys Villalba; Who Builds Your Architecture?; YAMAGUCHI Akira.


Twentieth-century modernisation deeply transformed Japanese society, bringing on the one hand economic wealth and social wellbeing, and introducing on the other, increasing specialisation and divisions in society. In recent years, this transformation has been increasingly questioned, finding expression in a series of architectural projects. In this reappraisal, architectural drawings – the traditional tool to conceptualise, organise, and build space – have played a particular role. Besides being simply instructions for coming buildings, they are an ideal instrument to document, discuss, and evaluate architecture. As in ethnography, they allow usages, needs and aspirations to be investigated through the lens of the various actors – both human and non-human. They also form the basis on which a common approach in the design of individualised yet shared environments in today’s globalised society can be formulated. To this end, the exhibition proposes ‘architectural ethnography’ as a new methodology of social engagement.

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